Skyrim Daedric Quest Guide

Mehrunes Dagon – Pieces of the Past

Requirements: Level 20

Starting Location: Dawnstar

After passing level 20 you will receive an invitation to visit a museum in the city of Dawnstar. If you don’t feel like waiting for this you don’t have to as the museum is rather obvious thanks to the Mythic Dawn symbols outside of it. Speak to Silas to be invited in to work on a quest for him. The long and short of it: he wants you to retrieve the three pieces of Mehrunes Razor in the name of his ancestors. Or something like that.

This requires that you deal with three people who possess the pieces of Dagon’s artifact. These can be gotten in any order but it’s easiest to get the one in Morthal first. Speak to Jorgen and either bribe, persuade or intimidate that key out of him (or just, ya know… kill him) then just get the hilt out of the chest in his house.

Cracked Tusk Keep is the second possible destination and it is located west of Falkreath (there’s that city again). Luckily the keep itself is pretty easy although the numerous traps on the lower level are quite a pain in the rear. Just be very careful and you should be fine.

From here you’ll need to make your way to Dead Crone Rock, a Word Wall location that you will want to have on your map at some point. There you will find Drascua, a Hagraven who will be carrying the final piece of the artifact. Kill her and her Forsworn guardians so you can get it and return the various parts to Silus.

Silus tasks you with one final goal, meeting him at the Shrine of Dagon and helping him with uniting the pieces into the Razor itself. This doesn’t turn out as he’d hope.

Of course if you’d rather not have the artifact dagger with a 25% chance of killing enemies per hit you can agree to not kill Silus. Then you lose out on the artifact and get 500 gold. Yay? Just put the dolt out of everyone’s misery and walk off with a fantastic backup weapon.

Mephala – The Whispering Door

Level 20, Complete main storyline quest “Dragon Rising”

Starting Location: Whiterun

Getting this quest to start is a pain in the rear end. It will only be started by speaking to Hulda in the Bannered Mare about rumors but this option doesn’t always come up. Instead speak with her and ask about gossip. She will talk about how there’s no rumors or repeat a previous one. However this will refresh her dialogue options, giving you a new dialogue choice to ask about rumors. She will now mention how there’s talk about the Jarl’s son. This will open up the dialogue option with the Jarl to talk about his son.

From here the quest is incredibly simple and basically just involves a lot of running back and forth. Talk to the Jarl, talk to his son and then talk to the Whispering Door hidden in the kitchen area. This is the only tricky part – you have to steal a key to the Whispering Door from Forengar or Jarl Ulfric. The easiest way to do this is to wait until Forengar goes to sleep and then pickpocket the key off of him. Even if you have a very low pickpocket score it should be easy.

Now just open the door and grab the Ebony Blade. This is an incredibly strange artifact that powers up as you use it to kill those with an emotional connection to you. It doesn’t have to be your spouse but it can be anyone that you’ve completed a quest for, paid for their services or beat in a bar duel to become a follower. They don’t acknowledge your attacks as hostile letting you murder them in cold blood. As you kill them you increase the health drain effect but not the base damage. Honestly this means that the blade is kind of crappy and not worth using, just like a weapon the God of Deceit might hand out.


  • Dman3981 - January 3, 2012 3:03 p.m.

    I'm pretty sure Sam for the "A night to remember" quest can be found at any bar or tavern but its a random occurrence once you reach level 15. I'm level 32 and haven't seen him yet but I know my friend saw him in Winterhold.
  • azureguy - January 4, 2012 7:05 a.m.

    A good guide for the most part, but there are a few things I'd like to point out (I did all the quests myself about a month ago, was tons of fun). -The best souls are either mammoths (grand soul gems) or any humanoid being (dark soul gems, black star). It is way much easier to kill bandits than hunt for mammoths on low levels, so if you're serious about enchanting, take the black one for an easier life. -All quests expect Mephala's can be started without advancing in the main quest at all. If you include the Skeleton Key, you can get the achievement without the need of unlocking dragons (in case you're annoyed by fighting them all the time). -Clavicus Vile, Sanguine and Sheogorath are the funniest quests, whereas Namira is, indeed, a bit of bad taste. If you absolutely refuse to do that one, do everyone else (including the Skeleton Key one) and you still get the achievement. -The Sanguine quest is available once you reach level 14 or 15. Once you reach this level territory, remember the area you entered during that time or else you'll spend a lot of time just to search for the quest starter.
  • DragonKingofEarth - January 21, 2012 9:54 p.m.

    Tell me if u get the black star does it count as a daedric artifact or no im an achievement hunter
  • azureguy - January 27, 2012 8:35 a.m.

    Sorry for the late answer, but yes it counts. You can either get the Black Star or Azura's Star, both of them are artifacts and therefore you can't miss them, but you can only get one. So in this case, it really is just your chice, but you can't miss anything. Also note that there are two quests where you can miss an artifact (Waking Nightmare, A Daedra's Best Friend) but there also is a trick where you can get two artifacts instead of one (Ill Met By Moonlight). As long as you do all available quests, you can't miss it.
  • nhilton - February 19, 2012 12:50 p.m.

    My character is a High Elf and he keeps turning into a vampire which makes it impossible to continue with any quest because everyone tries to kill him. Can I find a cure for this and if so, where and how?
  • daug - July 25, 2012 12:31 p.m.

    you go to morthal and a guy named falion will be there talk to him and he will say you need to fill a black soul gem and then you return to him and then u have to meet him were he tells u to at 6:00 in the morning and he will cure you

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